Today will mark three weeks since the Vermont City Marathon, and three weeks since I last ran.
The absence of running also means lack of blog content, so this is why there have been minimal blog posts lately. I’m a firm believer if I don’t have anything worth writing about, to not write anything at all. But I figured I’d post an update about my lack of running.
No running has given me more time for a lot of other workouts! And also time for relaxing on Saturday mornings.
I’ve been going to a Hot Flexibility Flow once a week. I love this class. It’s perfect for runners since they focus a LOT on hip openers. I find myself a lot more flexible and comfortable in the poses when I’m not running a gazillion miles, so yoga has been much more enjoyable. I also tried my first advanced power yoga class on Friday! Had I been training for something, I never would have tried this class because I’d be afraid I’d be too sore to run. Thankfully I decided to try it because it was awesome!
I’ve been going to Body Pump 1-2x a week the past few weeks, still loving it! I’ve been also strength training with free weights before spin class.
Usually I try to make a spinning class once a week, too. It’s been great to have spin to go to on days that it rains, since I can’t bike outside!
Last Saturday there was no rain, so Chris and I rode our bikes to the Art on Lark festival. We were about a mile away and my seat sunk so low I couldn’t ride. I should have known better to ride anywhere without tools to fix something like that–but we stopped a local bike shop called the Downtube to get a multi-tool. I bought one of those, along with a kickstand (they installed it right then and there for $4 extra), a new bike lock, and a tire pump that can be attached to the bike under the water bottle cage. I proudly installed the pump (by myself!) when I got home. The girl at the bike shop was super friendly and very helpful and I did not find myself intimated there at all. One of my fears of walking into a bike shop is getting stared at like a freak because I’m not a super elite cyclist. I didn’t feel like that at all here here–I loved the shop! I just signed up for a women’s bicycle repair class happening there in a few weeks.
The class I signed up for this summer got canceled, so I bought a kettle DVD on Amazon Instant Video for $8 (way cheaper than the class!) and I did it once. Its 25 minutes long but has three levels. The first level was a bit too easy for me, so next time I’m going to combine Levels 1 and 2 for a 50 minute workout.
As for my foot (the reason I haven’t been running), it has been feeling so much better lately. I’m almost 100% pain free during the day. It only gets a bit sore after going for long walk at lunch and then coming back and sitting for hours. It still feels a lot better then it was.
However…..even though I’m finding time now to do other workouts, I do miss running!